My midwife noticed a strange skin condition at my last exam, which I had dismissed as being pregnancy-hormone caused, but she said was unusual. It is on my upper chest, neck, and upper back. I went to a dermatologist to diagnose it. He said it is Tinea Versicolor. It is caused by a yeast that is normally on the skin, but the person becomes somehow sensitive to it and it takes hold. He said it is very common. He said that if I do nothing, it will spread, but it is not dangerous to ignore it for a while since I am pregnant.
He prescribed Loprox, and anti-fungal, which he said he thought was safe for pregnancy, but I should confirm that because he never prescribed it to a pregnant woman before. He said the usual dosage is to apply 2 times a day for 2 months, but he thought 1 time a day for 2 weeks would be sufficient. He said if I didn't want to use it, I could wait until after the birth. But, I should stay out of the sun or I will get permanent damage. (I really liked this guy. He seemed truly concerned and not after my money, which is unusual.)
So, I looked up Loprox, and it is not safe for pregnancy or breast feeding. That means I can't use it for years. I have 4.5 months left in this pregnancy, plus I plan to BF for 2 years. By that time, I will probably have another baby. So, Loprox is not a solution.
Any ideas? Wikipedia mentions that some people have found a difference from using hydrogen peroxide on it.
I am just wondering if anyone has had experience with it before and knows a safe and effective method.
TIA for your help.
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A friend of mine said I should wash the area with baking soda, and apply apple cider vinegar. (she also warned me to avoid sun exposure to that area while using the ACV)
Does anyone have any reasons why this might not be a good course of action? I have BS and ACV already on hand.
When in doubt about what medications are and are not safe for use during breastfeeding (and pregnancy) check out the book Medications and Mother's Milk by Thomas Hale. I am a certified Breastfeeding Counselor and am active in the lactation community so I know that most meds are safe to use during breastfeeding. The book is also great to have when you go to a doctor's appointment since most of the time they reach for the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) when checking to see if a medication is safe to use during lactation. And the PDR is woefully inadequate. So even if you choose not to treat it until after the baby is born, you should still be able to use the meds safety while you are lactating. It is also good to know things like the fact that the medication in some OTC sinus medications can greatly lower your milk supply. Really, the book is invaluable to breastfeeding and pregnant women alike.
As for the Nurse Practitioner that gave me misinformation about just what drugs are and are not safe to use while breastfeeding, I left her a detailed message saying that I had checked Medications and Mother’s Milk as well as spoken with my pediatrician, and it would be safe for me to use Terbinafine a while breastfeeding. According to the book, it is actually an L2 (L1 being safest and L5 being contraindicated) and is actually safer than the topical that she prescribed for my acne. So we will have to see whether or not she prescribes the medication for me. If she doesn’t, I will be going somewhere else; I have suffered with this itchy rash long enough!
I started washing with BS paste and dabbing on ACV after the shower. It didn't itch before, and it just tingles a little bit now. I hope that means some work is being done by my body to eliminate it, and not that I have activated it.
I am also concerned about after the baby is born (August) that this could turn into thrush. I don't want to just leave it alone.
I am really cautious about what I put on my skin. My rule is that if I wouldn't eat it or let my child eat it, I shouldn't put it on my skin.
Next stop for me is an appointment with a classical homeopath who might have some new ideas.
I'm subscribing for ideas!
DS is 4 mos old. He developed a spotted red and whitish rash on his trunk, and also his neck about 2 months ago. As he also had cradle cap and really dry skin, I thought perhaps it was the start of eczema. I went off all dairy, we tried natural products, etc.. The rash on the trunk did not go away, and it spread to his armpits, so we finally took him to our family dr.
The doc diagnosed him with tinea versicolor and prescribed selenium sul sha 2.5%, to be slather on daily, wait 10-15 minutes, then wash off. To be used for 2 mos. The doc said that it may take several months for the markings to go away. The alternate diagnosis is vitiligo, which we won't know unless we treat it as tinea versicolor and wait for it to go away. We don't particularly want a vitiligo diagnosis, so I'm hoping that it is tinea versicolor (even if that seems to be somewhat permanant, according to some of you).
When I read that it was a fungal reaction, I would have preferred to treat it naturally, but DH is more Western-med oriented, and we've been trying natural things on his skin without complete resolution. So, we're sticking with the prescription for now.
I'm off to research more about it, because I am breastfeeding, and I *know* that DS has inadvertantly eaten some of this lotion because his hands are everywhere and then in his mouth. In addition, I've been the one to rinse him off in MY bath most evenings, so essentially I am lightly treating myself, as DS' lotion gets in the bathwater. I may stop that if I don't like what I read about it. I'm also thinking that we may swaddle him for the 15 minutes of treatment, although he will protest.
OP - If I were you, I would treat it with TTO or ACV or other "natural" things known to help with yeast.
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
I bought the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle after my naturopath told me she thought my Tinea Versicolor was caused by a gluten allergy. I have since noticed that whenever I eat gluten or white sugar I get super itchy. When I'm consistent with the diet it's gone completely. That diet, combined with a cream I use made of Boric acid, lanolin, calendula, & lavendar, as well as using a fragrance-free all natural powder (when I'm not eating perfectly) has really helped a lot.
Hope this helps.
As far as I know, all of the medical treatments for it, including Nizoral, are NOT safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Just subscribed to this thread, as I too am a sufferer. I first developed TV after I moved to a warm, humid city. After treating it (unsuccessfully) with Selsun Blue, I was prescribed a 1-pill course (oral) of Diflucan. It's usually prescribed for yeast infections. It cleared up my rash and it didn't come back - until I got pregnant.
I didn't treat the TV with Selsun or Diflucan this time, as I was pregnant and wary of using any chemicals, but I did try a tea tree oil application nightly. It seemed to stop the spread of the rash, but didn't kill it off completely.
Now I've had my baby, and want to get rid of this. It's summer here, and the TV has now spread to my neck and most of my upper torso. It's terrible, and I'm really pale, so the rash is flaming red against my white skin when I get hot. It makes me terribly self conscious, and I'm afraid my baby will get it too, since she sleeps so close to me, AND she's always hot. I know the doctors say it's not contagious, but at the time I first developed tinea, my boyfriend had it too.
Hopefully someone finds something that is safe to use while breastfeeding...
Rebecca, mother of one beautiful girl born May 9, 2008, wife to Ben since June 30, 2007, and July 9, 2011.
Dermatologist said it is NOT contagious btw.